The GLP is committed to full transparency. Download and review our 2019 Annual Report

Articles written for the GLP list the source as Genetic Literacy Project. All other articles were written for the sources noted with excerpts provided by the GLP.
headaches b

Turning old drugs—for things like diabetes and alcoholism—into new cancer treatments

Jim Daley | 
Drugs originally developed to treat diseases ranging from diabetes to alcoholism may have applications in cancer treatment, according to a ...
bigstock transparent human head with a

Brain building block glutamate could be key to treating Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, depression

Brooke Dulka | 
Glutamate is often called the “major excitatory neurotransmitter” within the brain. It is the brain’s “go” signal. [Neuroscientist David] Baker ...
luxturna x

Gene therapy era: A look at current treatments and what’s next for cancers and genetic disorders

Jim Daley | 
At least nine gene therapies have been approved for certain kinds of cancer, some viral infections and a few inherited ...
petmd dog age

Podcast: How old is your dog in human years? Genetic study offers a new way to answer that question

Eliene Augenbraun | 
How old is your four-legged best friend? Common wisdom says that a dog ages seven years for every human year ...
exercise brain featurec

Infographic: How exercise gives your brain a boost

David Raichlen, Gene Alexander | 
Why does exercise affect the brain at all? Physical activity improves the function of many organ systems in the body, ...

Non-addictive version of ecstasy ‘party drug’ emerges as potential treatment for PTSD, anxiety

Diana Kwon | 
MDMA, or ecstasy, once had the reputation of exclusively being an illicit party drug popular at raves and dance clubs ...
neuroenhancement through td x

How far can we enhance the brain before human identity is lost?

Nayef Al-Rodhan | 
Facebook recently announced it had acquired CTRL-Labs, a U.S. start-up working on wearable tech that allows people to control digital devices ...
freewill x x

Free will doesn’t exist? Why we shouldn’t be swayed by this ‘flawed experiment’

Steve Taylor | 
One of the most fervent of late 19th century materialists, T.H. Huxley, described human beings as “conscious automata” with no ...
close up african female face with kind eyes

How ancient humans ‘self-domesticated’ their own faces to appear more friendly

Emily Willingham | 
One hypothesis for how humans transitioned from developing a robust Neandertal visage in maturity to retaining finer features throughout life ...
hx article recording asmr

ASMR: Being triggered by ‘ordinary sounds and sights’ may be more than pseudoscience

Jade Wu | 
What do the sounds of whispering, crinkling paper, and tapping fingernails have in common? What about the sight of soft ...

Podcast: Researchers implanted false memories in birds to figure out how humans learn language

Jason Goldman | 
Babies are constantly surrounded by human language, always listening and processing. Eventually they put sounds together to produce a "daddy," or a ...
why the gut microbiome is crucial for your health x thumbnail

How the microbiome may boost the brain’s recovery from stroke damage

Diana Kwon | 
Despite a decades-long search, scientists have yet to pinpoint effective ways of protecting the brain from poststroke damage. In recent ...
asleep bedtime dreaming naptime

‘Peculiar brain waves’ during sleep may be key to forming memories, study suggests

R. Douglas Fields | 
Neuroscientists have always presumed that learning and memory depend on strengthening or weakening the connection points between neurons (synapses), increasing ...
cdi ai

Viewpoint: Doctors will never be replaced by intelligent machines, which lack ’empathy, common sense’

Aziz Nazha | 
Is there a place for artificial intelligence (AI) in the field of medicine? Will doctors one day be replaced by ...
d cde fca e f b c c cd e

Fear can keep you alive: Why we need ‘negative’ emotions

Jade Wu | 
Are negative emotions all bad? Should we really try to get rid of them? After all, we figure that thumbs ...
test infertility

Viewpoint: We can stop the infertility ‘guessing game’ by tapping into new tools, including noninvasive testing for endometriosis

Kenneth Ward | 
Without understanding the root cause of infertility, treating it often becomes a guessing game. For doctors to effectively aid a ...

People with better memories may have better romantic relationships, study suggests

David Hambrick | 
Common topics of marital disagreement are money, sex and time spent together. None of this will surprise anyone who has ...

Viewpoint: Most Americans ‘woefully underprepared’ for bioethical decisions, including when to remove a loved one from life support

Jacob Appel | 
Many Americans will face some form of significant medical decision-making during their lifetimes, either for themselves or for their loved ...
senior man sleeping with wife hero

Deep sleep may be critical to flushing out your brain’s ‘toxic waste’

Simon Makin | 
Why sleep has restorative—or damaging—effects on cognition and brain health has been an enduring mystery in biology. Researchers think cerebrospinal ...
global eradication of wild poliovirus type declared on world polio day

‘Time to finish the job’: One wild polio strain stands in the way of eradication of the disease

Richard Conniff | 
The international effort to achieve [polio eradication] passed a major milestone [recently] with the worldwide eradication of wild poliovirus type ...
eeg resize md

‘BrainNet’ experiment allows people to communicate by thought, ‘blurring fundamental notions about individual identity’

Robert Martone | 
In a new study, technology replaces language as a means of communicating by directly linking the activity of human brains. Electrical ...
crispr could make you immune to the flu x

Programming CRISPR to fight viruses could lead to new treatments for Ebola, Zika

Tanya Lewis | 
CRISPR is usually thought of as a laboratory tool to edit DNA in order to fix genetic defects or enhance ...
photo c ec b a d

‘Puzzle of a million pieces’: New study traces humanity’s birthplace to northern Botswana

Richard Conniff | 
[A] study, appearing [October 28] in the journal Nature, uses genetic, archaeological, linguistic and climatic evidence to argue that the ancestral homeland ...
toddlersleep a a ad fa acdb

Could a pill make you need less sleep? This genetics research suggests it could happen

Karen Weintraub | 
We all wish we could get by on less sleep, but one father and son actually can—without suffering any health ...

Why defining ‘death’ is so much harder than it seems

Ryan Montoya | 
Pronouncing a patient dead in a hospital seems relatively simple: palpate for lack of pulse, determine that the patient's neurological ...
ff d d ca a ac e ec b a astrostar fshutterstock

Why is it so hard to think straight when you’re tired? Here’s what’s going on in your brain

Emily Willingham | 
Most of us could use more sleep. We feel it in our urge for an extra cup of coffee and ...
introvert or extrovert party conversation

‘Connection is what makes life worth living’: Study suggests extroverts are happier

Daisy Yuhas | 
“There are benefits of introversion,” says University of California, Riverside, psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky. “But research shows that extroverts are happier.” A ...
a hand touching the human brain

Can death be reversed? Scientists partially revive brains of dead pigs

Christof Koch | 
Despite technological advances, biology and medicine still lack a coherent and principled understanding of what precisely defines birth and death—the ...